The Press: Publishers and Paper

At year's start WPB ordered newspaper publishers to cut their use of newsprint by 10% (TIME, Jan. 4). Reason: an imminent paper shortage. Some publishers really tried—by slashing the size and the number of features, by eliminating waste white space, by cutting out distant circulation, etc.—but many did not. Overall newsprint consumption was reduced only a fraction more than 5% through May.

Last week in Washington, members of the Newspaper Industry Advisory Committee met with WPB's printing and publishing division to see what could be done. Their recommendations: 1) that papers be allowed,...

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